Daily News Inventory - 17th Sep, 2014

  • India to enter Mars orbit 

    ·         An Indian spacecraft will enter Mars on Sep 24 for scientific exploration of the red planet after a 300-day voyage through inter-planetary space, a space agency official said Monday.

    ·         The orbit insertion will take place when the spacecraft will be 423 km from the Martian surface and 215 million km away (radio distance) from the earth.

    ·         The ambitious Rs.450-crore ($70 million) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched Nov 5, 2013 on board a polar rocket from the spaceport Sriharikota off the Bay of Bengal, about 80 km north-east of Chennai.

    ·         "India will be the first country in the world to insert a spacecraft into the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt if the operation succeeds and also the first Asian country to reach the red planet's sphere," Rao said.

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Daily News Inventory - 16th Sep, 2014

  • Centre trying to rehabilitate Kashmiri migrants: Rajnath

    ·         Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is trying to rehabilitate Kashmiri migrants in the valley, taking all stakeholders into confidence in its effort.

    ·         "We are taking all stakeholders into confidence so that they (Kashmiri migrants) can settle there (Kashmir)," Rajnath Singh said.

    ·         "I have asked the chief minister (Omar Abdullah) to give us land quickly so that we can rehabilitate them," he added.

    ·         The government is also considering enhancing the cash relief to the migrants, who, the minister said, belonged to different communities, from the present Rs.6,600 per month to Rs.10,000 per month.

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4:35 a.m. – Why am I awake?

  • Is something wrong with me? I should not be awake at this hour. The rest of the world is fast asleep. But then that’s the point I am trying to prove here – I am not like the rest of the world. For as long as I can remember, the dream had been running ahead of me. This time I have taken the lead. I am one step ahead of the dream and I will keep pressing ahead. Oh I am so done with sleeping. I am done with dreaming. I am done with watching the show with my nose pressed against the glass. I am now swinging the door open and stepping inside the arena. It has begun – the countdown to MY show. I am counting months, weeks, days, hours…and I will make them count soon.

    (A page from the diary of the TestCracker of tomorrow)

    © TestCracker 2013

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Quote of the Day

  • "Don't think about who you have been.  Who are you now?  Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously.  Make it carefully. Make it powerfully..." 

                                                                                                     ~ Anthony Robbinsr

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Quant & Puzzle Inventory - 46

The Burning Issue: In a spot: NSEL Saga

  • It’s raining scams! After Securities scam in ’92 (More commonly known as Harshad Mehta scam) and KP scam in ’01, following the cycle of 10 years, this time, an entire exchange was fabricated on treachery of its promoters. The scam is a systematic fraud perpetrated in the commodity market by National Spot Exchange Ltd. The supposedly 5,600 Crore Rs fraud came out in the public domain after NSEL failed to pay out its investors in commodity pair contracts after 31 July 2013. Let’s have a summarised look at the seedy insides of the exchange which was once a darling of the markets and the ministry too.

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